Reeves Hall is one of the original five buildings of the former Orange Union High School that make up Chapman’s historic core. | Photo by Jeanine Hill

Historic Hall Renovation Complete at Chapman University

Carrie Rossenfeld Healthcare & Education

R.D. Olson Construction, in partnership with ADAY Architects, P2S Engineering Inc., and ABS Group, has completed the historic renovation of Reeves Hall at Chapman University, located at 333 North Glassell St. in Orange, California. Home to the Donna Ford Attallah College of Educational Studies, it is one of the original five buildings of the former Orange Union High School that make up Chapman’s historic core surrounding Bert Williams Mall.

The renovation preserved the building’s historic neoclassical style, while incorporating a complete seismic retrofit; new elevator that complies with the American with Disabilities Act; reengineering of the HVAC system, fire, and life-safety systems; and a general build-out of the offices and classrooms. Interior improvements include new paint, carpet, tile, and restrooms and enhanced Wi-Fi. Originally built in 1913, the 17,000-square-foot building includes two stories and a basement.

Additional elements of the modernization include exposing the original red brick on the interior of the perimeter walls and restoration of existing wood features on the stairwells. The historical integrity of the building remains intact, and it is included in the National Registry for Historical Buildings.

“Our expertise navigating the intricacies of historical preservation, coupled with our roster of higher-education projects, enabled us to successfully renovate this building for Chapman University,” says Bill Wilhelm, president of R.D. Olson Construction. “We are confident that the modernization will enhance students’ experience and benefit the University’s recruiting efforts.”

In addition to Reeves Hall, R.D. Olson Construction has completed several other projects for Chapman University, including the Hilbert Museum, Partridge Dance Center, and Rinker Health Science Campus. Other higher-education projects include California Polytechnic University, Pomona’s Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch, and California Baptist University’s James Building.